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Monday, November 19, 2018

Study Suggests Couples Who Cohabitate Before Marriage Are More Likely to Divorce

Why might living together before marriage increase your odds of divorce?

A new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family addresses the much disputed link between cohabitation and divorce.  In recent years, an increasing number of couples have elected to live together before getting married.  With the ever growing incidence of cohabitation, social scientists have conducted several studies with the goal of determining the impact of living together pre-marriage on divorce rates.  The results of the studies have varied, but the newly released study by authors Michael J. Rosenfeld and Katharina Roesler purports to have discovered that premarital cohabitation is associated with higher rates of divorce.


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Motions to Suppress Evidence in Texas Criminal Cases

What are the grounds for suppression of evidence in a criminal case in Texas?

Many criminal cases in Texas will involve evidence that has been seized from you either before, during, or after your arrest.  A motion to suppress evidence is one of the best tools a criminal defense attorney can use to defend against the charges you face.  Evidence that has been seized against you illegally must be excluded by the court, which could at times result in dismissal of the criminal charges.  However, winning a motion to suppress evidence will require meeting a heavy burden of proof.  Our West Texas criminal law attorneys discuss the basics of suppression motions in Texas and grounds for suppression below.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Divorce Rate on the Decline Thanks to Millennials

Why are millennials divorcing at lower rates than previous generations?

A recent study suggests that divorce rates are on the decline in the United States, and it is thought to be due to the Millennials and their marriage decisions.  The American divorce rate has long been among the highest in the world, but this may be changing with younger generations now reaching marriage age and electing to do things differently than the generation before.  Our Midland, Texas divorce lawyers explore the new trend in divorce and why Millennials are bringing down divorce rates below.


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Monday, October 22, 2018

Free Range Parenting and the Law

Is free range parenting legal in Texas?

Parenting is hard, and one of the first things that new parents learn is that everyone has an opinion about it.  There are many parenting styles and no one way is correct.  As if parents do not already have a hard enough job, parents today can potentially face criminal charges for adopting certain parenting styles.  One of the most controversial parenting movements is that of “free-range parenting.”  Below, our Midland, Texas family law lawyers explore the basics of free range parenting and its legality.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Potential Divorce Attorney

How do I select a good divorce lawyer?

Divorce is a stressful time filled with uncertainty, fear, and much emotion.  Those contemplating divorce will need the assistance of an experienced divorce attorney.  Your divorce attorney will become your primary advocate and sounding board throughout the divorce process.  Your selection of a divorce lawyer could well make the difference between achieving the divorce outcome you desire or finding yourself struggling to make due with a lesser divorce settlement or an unfair custody arrangement.  With so many divorce lawyers out there, how do you choose the right one? Start by asking the right questions of your potential divorce attorney.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

The True Consequences of a Felony Conviction

How long with a felony stay on my record?

Being convicted of any felony offense can have tremendous consequences.  While the first concern on the mind of most defendants is the potential for prison time, a felony conviction will continue to impact your life long after you have served your time in jail.  Convicted felons will lose their basic right to vote, right to own or use a firearm, and right to serve on a jury.  In addition, a felony conviction will appear on your employment record and could severely impact your ability to obtain and keep your career.  These are just a few of the many potential negative consequences that may accompany a felony conviction.  Our Midland, Texas criminal defense lawyers discuss the consequences of a felony conviction below and the tremendous importance of defending against any felony charge.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tackling The New School Year Post-Divorce

How can I help my children start off the school year smoothly after our divorce?

Following a divorce, you and your children will go through many firsts. Things that were once routine may now seem different and new. One critical first for your children will be the first school year after your divorce. Starting the school year as a divorced family will involve transitions and scheduling challenges, but it also presents an opportunity to reach a new normal in which your children can thrive.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Strategizing Alimony Under the New Tax Laws

How will the new tax code change divorce negotiations?

Starting on January 1st, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will take effect and the law could result in big changes when it comes to alimony. Under the old tax laws, alimony payers were able to deduct the amount outlaid in alimony from their federal income taxes. For many divorcing spouses, the deduction became a central negotiation point, making the payment of alimony less onerous to the paying spouse.


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Will I benefit more from filing for divorce before the new tax code takes effect?

Will I benefit more from filing for divorce before the new tax code takes effect?

The new tax code will take full effect on January 1st, and several of its provision are anticipated to have a significant effect on divorce. With just months to go before the tax code replaces previous laws, potential divorce filers need to consider whether it is best to wait and plan their divorce to take place after January 1st, or to file quick before the deadline. Which move will be more beneficial depends on several factors unique to your own circumstances.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Information for Birth Mothers

Will I be able to choose the adoptive couple for my baby?

Electing to put your baby up for adoption is a brave and love filled decision, requiring that you put the interests of your child above your own. If you are pregnant and weighing the thought of placing your child up for adoption, you will naturally have many questions and concerns. Our Midland, Texas adoption lawyers answer some questions that you may have as a mother weighing the option of adoption.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Protecting Yourself From Violence During a Divorce

How can an order of protection keep me safe during my divorce?

A Texas man recently shot his estranged wife while the couple was going through divorce proceedings. Kenneth Martin and his wife Linda had been married for 20 years when Linda filed for divorce. The couple continued to live together as they attempted to work out the details of the divorce, but the situation became tense. Following a mediation session during which Linda asserted her rights to several critical assets, Kenny shot Linda in the face as she sat waiting at a red light. Linda tragically died as a result of her injuries.


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